ALUMNI AND PARENT ADMISSIONS OUTREACH
VOLUNTEERS (AAO & PAO)
Updated August 2008
hanks for your help! The Alumni Admissions Outreach (AAO) and Parent Admissions
Outreach (PAO) Programs are fantastic ways for Lehigh Alumni and Lehigh parents to
stay involved with the present-day university. The Lehigh University Office of Admissions
and Alumni Association jointly support this program and its volunteers. Through this
program, students from across the country can learn about Lehigh University and its wonderful
opportunities. By sharing your collegiate and parental experiences and professional successes with
prospective students, you will illustrate the benefits of the Lehigh experience.
We could not succeed without the help of many alumni and friends. We appreciate your
commitment to the future of Lehigh University and look forward to working with you in the
College Fairs are programs organized by individual high schools, groups of high
schools, civic organizations and/or educational associations.
he purpose of the fair is to provide an opportunity for students and their parents to gather
information from a wide variety of colleges and universities. Depending on the size of the fair,
representatives from anywhere between 25 and 300 colleges and universities will arrive early
and arrange their school’s materials at assigned tables. Students and parents will then go from
table to table, briefly talking to the representatives, picking up informational brochures and filling out
inquiry cards. The inquiry cards are critical since they provide us with the means of contacting the
students and adding them to our mailing list.
Because of the large number of fairs held each year, it is impossible for the Admissions Office staff to
attend more than a fraction of those available. This is one of the areas where you, our Admissions
Volunteers, are so important to the whole recruiting/admissions process.
Signing up for future College Fair:
The list of college fairs that need to be covered by volunteers can be found at
If you are willing and able to cover a fair, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the fair
information, your name and your mailing address. A box of materials will be sent to
you prior to the fair date.
Before the Fair:
Before you attend a college fair, review the college fair handbook and all literature in your box. Please
arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the program to allow for registration and set up of
your table. Make sure that all materials are easily accessible on the table.
Admissions materials include:
Inquiry Cards – These are crucial for future contact with prospective students. Have all
interested students complete one of these cards and send all cards back to the Office of
Admissions (in the envelope provided) as soon as possible. If you run out of cards, direct
the students to the admissions website to request information.
Informational Pieces – These are for all students and parents. They provide a good
overview of academic and student life at Lehigh. For more specific information on
various programs, please direct students to the Lehigh University website.
Viewbook – You will receive one copy of the Viewbook to display for students and to
help answer detailed questions. The Viewbook is image-heavy, and provides a nice
assortment of photos that depict life at Lehigh. Inform students that once the Office of
Admissions receives their inquiry card (see above), the student will then be sent a
Viewbook by the Office of Admissions.
Business Cards (2 sets) – 1 set will be for the Admissions Representative who is
responsible for the geographic region; the second set is for you to write your
name/contact information. There are important campus phone numbers on the reverse
side for reference.
Zoellner Arts Center brochure – You will receive one table copy of the Zoellner
brochure to display for students and their families.
Athletic Contact Cards – Varsity level sports, coaches, and contact information is on one
side; club sports, coaches, and contact information is on the reverse side.
Class Summary – This sheet will be most beneficial when students are looking for a
―guideline‖ regarding what the SAT/ACT range and average GPA is for accepted
students. This sheet also shows the application/acceptance/matriculation rates for the
past 5 years.
Undergraduate Placement Summary Sheet – This sheet shows that within 6 months of
graduation, 99% of students were placed in either a job, graduate school, military, travel,
or other known activity. There is a breakdown according to the specific colleges.
Support Services Brochure – This will provide information to students and parents who
inquire about what specific services Lehigh provides for students with disabilities and
Financial Aid/Merit Aid Brochure – This brochure outlines the types and sources of
Pre-Health Professions Sheet – This should be handed to students who inquire about
Pre-Med, Pre-Health, and the Accelerated Medical Program at Lehigh. 90% of candidates
who applied to (M.D.) medical schools with GPAs of 3.48 or better were accepted.
Study Abroad Sheet – Lehigh offers over 150 programs in over 30 countries.
Clubs and Organizations Sheet – Lehigh has over 150 clubs and organizations on
Table Covering – A table covering will be provided and should be spread on the table,
and the above pamphlets should be placed on top of the table covering. **If you are not
planning on volunteering at any additional fairs during the current school year, please return your table
covering to Lehigh using the mailing tube and pre-addressed return, postage-paid mailing label.
Pens – These pens are for students to use while filling out the inquiry cards. Keep an eye
on your pens, as they tend to disappear quite easily!
Nametag – Please wear your nametag so that students and families know your name and
affiliation to Lehigh University.
College Fair Evaluation Sheet – This can be found on the last page of this manual.
Please fill this out and return it along with the completed inquiry cards (in the envelope
If more than one volunteer is participating in a fair, you should be in contact with each
other prior to the event.
A professional appearance, a smile, and a warm ―hello‖ are a good start toward inviting the student to
learn more about Lehigh University.
DO Be honest and straightforward in answering questions. You can say ―I don’t know.‖ If you are
unable to answer a question, direct the student to the web site, hand them the regional Admissions
Representative’s business card, and tell the student to contact them directly. Lehigh is a dynamic place,
and no one can be expected to know everything.
DO Offer the student your personal perspective of Lehigh without over-reminiscing. Talk
enthusiastically about Lehigh opportunities. Do not let personal loyalties or experiences cloud an
objective presentation. Make sure you separate your opinion from factual information.
DO Remember that for the prospective student, you are Lehigh University.
DO Encourage visitation to campus.
DO Be aware of NCAA rules when speaking to student athletes. It is best to allow the coaches to
contact athletes, and vice versa. Encourage the student to contact the Athletic Association directly.
Please DO NOT speak negatively about another school. Making comparisons between schools does
not reflect well on Lehigh. Speak of Lehigh’s positive opportunities rather than emphasizing your
perceptions of another school’s negative features. The quality of a Lehigh education will sell itself.
DO NOT offer admissions advice, and DO NOT venture a guess about an admissions decision. It is
best to tell the student that you cannot comment on anyone’s chances of admission, but that each
completed application will receive a thorough review during the decision process.
DO NOT make talent evaluations (athletic, music, etc.).
DO NOT make financial aid evaluations, particularly to candidates, families, etc. Circumstances differ
even in cases where salary is the same!
DO NOT allow one individual to dominate your time. It is not uncommon for a line to form in front
of the Lehigh table. Maintain a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and have fun!
College Fair Questions and Answers:
How do I set up my college fair table?
Place the table covering down first, making sure that the front part of the sheet covers up most of the space
between the front of the table and the floor. Center the table banner so that the LEHIGH name can easily be seen. Place the
provided materials on top of the table covering, making them easily accessible to the students.
What should I wear to a college fair?
Attire for a college fair is typically business casual. Please do not wear jeans or tattered shirts. If
you have an appropriate Lehigh logo shirt, feel free to wear that.
What if I run out of materials at the college fair?
Please be judicious in giving out materials (especially pre-health, study abroad, and
clubs/organization sheets). Due to cost constraints, we have to carefully budget the amount of
materials used at each college fair. Please be sure to give out materials to interested students, but also be
aware of the number remaining so that you may budge accordingly. If you run out of materials, simply
have the students fill out the inquiry card and direct them to the Lehigh University website
What if I receive too many materials for the college fair?
If you have materials left over at the conclusion of the college fair, you can either keep them for
another fair that you are planning to attend, or return them to the Office of Admissions. Please contact
the college fair coordinator, Cheryl Myers at email@example.com or 610/758.3146 for specific mailing
instructions. If there are only a few brochures leftover, please recycle them.
How do I let the Office of Admissions know about my college fair experience?
After each fair, please fill out the College Fair Evaluation form (attached to this packet or
included in your college fair materials box). Return the evaluation form along with the inquiry cards (in
the pre-paid envelope) to the Office of Admissions. These steps are important and extremely helpful to
the Office of Admissions as we evaluate each fair for quantity and quality of students.
Admissions Questions and Answers:
Below you will find a list of prospective students’ most commonly asked questions. Please become
familiar with these questions and their answers. Also, please remember that this information is
subject to change. Stay up to date with Lehigh University by visiting the website www.lehigh.edu
Lehigh University General Questions
How can I visit Lehigh’s campus?
The Office of Admissions encourages and invites prospective students to visit campus.
Throughout the summer and fall, campus tours and information sessions are offered Monday-
Throughout the remainder of the year, campus tours and information sessions are offered
Monday-Friday. Please visit the Admissions website for more specific information regarding
times and special tours.
Senior Open Houses are offered in October.
Junior Open Houses are offered in March.
Reservations are not required for the campus tours or the information sessions. For more
information and directions, call 610/758.3100 or go to www.lehigh.edu/admissions.
What is the total enrollment at Lehigh, and how many students are in the freshman class?
The total enrollment is roughly 4700 undergraduate students and 2100 graduate students. Each
class has roughly 1160 students.
Where is Lehigh located?
Lehigh’s beautiful hillside campus in Bethlehem, Pa., it is less than 2 hours from New York City,
Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains, and the New Jersey shore. Settled in 1741, Bethlehem is
Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest metropolitan area and is a major tourist attraction featuring restored
colonial buildings, quaint shops and special events. The Lehigh Valley International Airport is
about 10 minutes from campus.
What are the most common majors at Lehigh?
That answer depends on the college –
College of Business and Economics: Finance and Accounting
College of Engineering and Applied Science: Mechanical Engineering
College of Arts and Sciences: International Relations, English, Psychology, Earth and
How flexible is the curriculum?
Lehigh undergraduates are able to expand their skills or explore new areas of scholarship they find
exciting by enrolling in classes in any of three undergraduate colleges – arts and sciences, business,
and engineering – as well as in the graduate-level College of Education.
Can I change colleges?
Yes! Boundaries between colleges are fluid. Students must be in good academic standing (not on
academic probation) to change colleges. You should seek guidance from your advisor.
Can I change majors?
Yes! Sampling program allows students to take courses in other colleges even to the extent of a
minor. Students in Arts and Science and Business usually declare majors after two years.
Engineering declares a major after one year, but because of overlapping, courses may change after
the sophomore year.
What are the admissions requirements?
Generally speaking, students must submit the following:
The Common Application
Including their 3-year high school transcript with their grades and courses of study
1 recommendation from a guidance counselor and 1 recommendation from a teacher
SAT (or ACT) scores
A list of extracurricular activities
A personal essay/statement
The Lehigh Supplement
Including 2 short-answer essays
SAT II subject tests are recommended, not required. They may be taken in any area.
A nonrefundable $70 application fee
Is an interview required?
An interview is not required, but a campus visit is strongly encouraged. For more information, call the
Office of Admissions at (610) 758-3100. In certain regions an Alumni Interview is available.
Consult the website, or contact the AAO/PAO Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
What are the admissions deadlines?
Application Type Application Deadline Decision Date
Early Decision I November 15 Mid-December
Early Decision II January 1 Mid-February
(Declare EDII by January 15)
Regular Decision January 1 April 1
7-year BA/MD Program November 15 April 1
How many students apply to Lehigh?
For the current freshman class, nearly 13,000 students applied for 1,170 spots.
What is Lehigh’s acceptance rate?
Overall, we accepted 27% of our applicants for the 2012 Class.
The acceptance rate for Early Decision was slightly higher, and we filled roughly 48% of our 2012
class with Early Decision Applicants.
What is Lehigh’s retention rate?
What is the diversity like on campus?
Lehigh University is a community where people of various cultures, religions, sexual orientation,
ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and intellectual backgrounds must be able to share their ideas freely,
be appreciated, feel safe, and be able to thrive. This diversity in our faculty, students and staff is
an important source of Lehigh's intellectual capacity and is crucial to Lehigh University 's mission.
Roughly 25% of the student body is from an ethnic background other than Caucasian/white. The
past three admitted classes have been the most diverse to date.
What is Lehigh’s graduation rate?
All programs are designed as 4-year programs (with the exception of the two 5-year honors
programs). 85% of students graduate within 6 years.
What is the average class size?
The average class size is about 25 to 30 students.
What is the faculty-student relationship like at the undergraduate level?
Lehigh undergraduates enjoy a close working relationship with their professors. The
student/faculty ratio is 9 to 1. Faculty members are committed to teaching, and many frequently
work on research projects with their undergraduates.
Who teaches the classes, professors or graduate students?
With the exception of freshman English 1 and 2, all courses at Lehigh are taught by full-fledged
faculty members (99% of who hold their Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field).
What is the social life like?
Lehigh offers more than 150 student organizations and clubs in politics and student government,
music and dramatics, a newspaper and a radio station, volunteer activities, religion, sports and
intramurals, among many other interests. 34.3 percent of men and 34.9 percent of women join
one of 18 fraternities or 8 sororities on campus. Substance-free housing also is available
Are the fraternities and sororities big?
Lehigh offers a unique learning environment centered on scholarship, leadership and service.
There are 18 fraternities and 8 sororities, of which 34.3 percent of the men and 34.9 percent of
the women affiliate, respectively. Students can have a great social life whether they are in a Greek
organization or not. Roughly 34% of students are members of the Greek system at Lehigh.
What special requirements exist for international students interested in Lehigh?
Lehigh’s international community includes more than 900 people from 65 nations –
approximately 550 students, 200 faculty and research scholars, and 200 family members.
May I have a car on campus?
Freshmen are not permitted to have cars on campus. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors may
purchase a parking permit for a nominal fee.
Does Lehigh offer study abroad?
Lehigh offers more than 150 approved semester/year study abroad programs in more than 30
countries; exchange programs in seven countries and winter and summer faculty-led programs in
How much does it cost to attend Lehigh?
The typical costs of attendance for the 2008-2009 academic year include the following:
Tuition - $37,250
Room and Board - $9,770
Technology Fee - $300
TOTAL = $47,320
How safe is your school?
Lehigh has taken many steps to make the campus as safe as possible. Lehigh police officers patrol
the campus in vehicles and on foot, and on bicycles. Lehigh also offers walking escorts and a van
service. All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, and students use special card-keys to enter
What types of academic services does Lehigh offer to undergraduates?
Lehigh offers career counseling; tutoring in writing, math and study skills; peer tutoring, and
support for international students
What types of internships or co-op experiences are available?
Interns receive firsthand experience and knowledge in a particular field, usually for academic
credit. Students perform internships in a wide range of settings – chiefly off campus. Top
engineering students can enter a cooperative education program that provides 8 months of work
experience – while still allowing them to graduate in 4 years. All co-op students receive a
paycheck; many receive a job offer.
Is your business program accredited by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of
Yes. Lehigh is triple accredited - the highest accreditation possible.
What about my AP/IB(International Baccalaureate) Classes?
Your AP and IB courses may count for course credit at Lehigh if you receive a 4 or 5 on your AP
exam, or a 5, 6, or 7 on your IB exam.
Do Legacies receive special attention?
Applicants with legacy ties to Lehigh are given extended review and consideration in the decision
process. Legacy is defined as having a Mother, Father, Sibling, Grandparent, Aunt, or Uncle who
attended or is currently attending Lehigh. A student must notify the Admissions office of these
relationships by checking the appropriate box on the Lehigh supplement when they apply for
What Athletic Division are Lehigh University teams in?
Division 1-A FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) Football. Division 1 in all other sports.
Lehigh competes in the Patriot League. Academics are first priority.
How can I contact the ------------ coach?
641 Taylor Street/Taylor Gym
Bethlehem, PA 18015
You can also call at (610) 758-4300.
Financial Aid Questions
Is financial aid available?
Over 50% of Lehigh undergraduates receive university-funded aid; 60% of students receive aid
from some source. Lehigh also offers a limited number of merit aid scholarships.
In 2008, Lehigh received its largest single cash gift of $34.2 million from the Stabler Foundation,
which will go toward funding financial aid awards.
In 2008-2009, Lehigh will award more than $54 million in university grants and scholarships.
Lehigh meets 96 percent of students’ demonstrated need.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
Lehigh uses the CSS PROFILE and the FAFSA. Students get the PROFILE and FAFSA at their
school, or online. The PROFILE should be available in late September, the FAFSA in early
December. The PROFILE must be filed no later than February 15, the FAFSA can be filed as
late as April 15. Specifics can be found on the financial aid website. Questions? Have the
student call the Financial Aid Office at 610/758.3181.
NEW Loan Elimination and Reduction Initiative:
The new policy will be in effect beginning in the 2008-09 academic year, encompasses new and
current eligible undergraduates, and has four main components:
• Loan Elimination Initiative—Loans will be eliminated for students who are eligible for
financial aid, and whose family’s calculated annual income is less than $50,000.
• Loan Reduction Initiative—For students who are eligible for financial aid, and whose
family’s calculated annual income is between $50,000 and $75,000, loans will be limited to a
maximum of $3,000 per year.
• Increase in Work-Study Awards—Work-study awards for students who are included in
the loan elimination and reduction initiatives will be increased by 25 percent to $2,200 per year,
thus offsetting the need for loans.
• Increased Aid for International Students—Additional funds are being made available
to enroll a larger number of eligible, international students with demonstrated financial need.
Study abroad - how does that affect my aid?
If you will be participating in one of Lehigh’s programs, which means you will continue to pay
your tuition bill to Lehigh, we would treat your semester/year abroad as if you were still on
The one difference is that you obviously could not participate in work-study, so that means a
larger loan in place of the work-study earnings. Otherwise, there is little difference. Let us know as
early as possible of your intentions. If you are planning to participate in a program that does not
come under the supervision of the university, you might not be eligible for financial aid. If this is
the case, you need to talk with Financial Aid. You also need to be concerned as to whether or not
academic credits, taken abroad, will be accepted by Lehigh
Housing and Meal Plan Questions
What can you tell me about on-campus housing?
On-campus housing is guaranteed through the sophomore year. All undergraduate students are
required to live on campus for their first 2 years. Newly admitted transfer students are also guaranteed
housing their first year. Students with common interests can reside in residences such as ROTC
House and the Umoja House (multicultural living environment). Substance-free housing also is
available. Fraternity and Sorority houses are also considered on-campus housing.
Are students guaranteed housing on campus?
Lehigh freshmen and sophomores are guaranteed housing on-campus. All upperclassmen
(sophomores, juniors and seniors) wishing to reside in residence hall housing will participate in a
lottery for apartment, suite and traditional residential spaces. If on campus housing is a priority,
there is typically no problem securing housing as a junior or senior.
How are freshmen roommates matched?
Once it is determined which building the student will be assigned in, the students are then
matched according to the information they provide. Therefore, it is important that you complete
all requested information to enable us to make the best match possible. If students mutually
request to be together, they will be assigned together. Single rooms and will be assigned by
request. Hobbies and interests are compared for possible similarities with other students.
What residence hall do you recommend?
As an incoming freshman, you are not at liberty to choose a residence hall. Those who deposit
first will be given priority for housing assignments. A residence hall will take on the personality of
the students who live there for any given year. Therefore, a building cannot be classified in any
What is South Mountain College, and how do I apply for this housing option?
South Mountain College is a residential academic program in the College of Arts and Sciences,
housed in Taylor Residence Hall. It is composed of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
It is designed to bring together a community of students and faculty dedicated to the exploration
of intellectually exciting and practically significant topics of investigation. South Mountain
Students will work in a fluid, interactive, and experiential environment. More detailed program
information can be found here: http://cas.lehigh.edu/casweb/content/default.aspx?pageid=329
Are all on-campus students required to be on a meal plan?
All freshman students are required to be on a 19, 14 or 12 meals per week plan. Upperclass
students residing in Trembley Park, Sayre Park and Campus Square apartments are not required to
be on a meal plan. All other on-campus upperclass students are required to be on at least an 8
meals per week plan.
Can I change my meal plan?
Meal plans may be changed within the requirements of the living area up to the 10th day of class
of each semester at the Bursar's Office with charges assessed per an established pro-rated
schedule. Changes outside of the required meal plan or after the 10th day of class for reasons such
as medical condition must petition and receive approval from The Office of Residential Services.
If such changes are approved, cost adjustments will be processed on a pro-rated basis as of the
week following the last meal purchase.
Fast Facts about Lehigh:
Below is a brief overview of the present-day University. Please check the fast facts website annually
for updated information: http://www3.lehigh.edu/admissions/lufacts.asp
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (50 miles north of Philadelphia and 75 miles southwest of New York
Located near several major highways and the Lehigh Valley International Airport
Co-educational, non-denominational, private
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.
Advanced degrees include Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of
Education, Master of Engineering, Master of Science, Educational Specialist, Doctor of
Education, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Arts.
Students and Faculty
Undergraduates: 4,720; 58% men, 42% women
Graduate students: 2,116; 54% men, 46% women
Faculty: 614 total instructional faculty; 443 full-time faculty
Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 9-to-1
Percentage of faculty with Ph.D.: 99%
Class of 2012 Profile
SAT ranges of the middle 50% of admitted students:
SAT verbal 620–700; SAT math 660–740 (1280-1440)
ACT middle 50% of admitted students: 29-32
GPA range: A/B+ average (solid grades in challenging coursework, i.e., Advanced
Placement, Honors, International Baccalaureate)
Career Summary & Placement Class of 2007 Graduates
99% employed, in graduate school, in the military, traveling or settled into other
career-related opportunities within six months of graduation
64% employed by over 300 firms including Fortune 500, mid-size, and small
employers (starting salaries comparable to or more than national averages)
30% enrolled in over 70 highly competitive graduate or professional schools
5% joined the military, traveled or other
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business and Economics
P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
College of Education (primarily graduate offerings)
More than 2,000 listed in course catalog
Undergraduate Areas of Study
More than 90 undergraduate majors offered:
Accounting Africana Studies American Studies
Anthropology Applied Science Applied Life Science
Applied Mathematics Architecture Architectural History
Art Art History Asian Studies
Astronomy Astrophysics Behavioral Neuroscience
Biochemistry Bioengineering Biology
Business Economics Business Information Systems Chemical Engineering
Chemistry Civil Engineering Classics
Classical Civilization Cognitive Science Computer Engineering
Computer Science Computer Science and Design Arts
Earth & Environmental Science Economics Electrical Engineering
Elementary/Secondary Engineering Mechanics Engineering Physics
Education (5-year Program)
English Environmental Engineering Environmental Studies
Finance French German
Global Studies History Industrial Engineering
Information & Systems International Relations Journalism
Journalism/Science Writing Management Marketing
Materials Science & Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
Molecular Biology Music Music Composition
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Philosophy Physics
Political Science Psychology Religion Studies
Russian Studies Science, Technology, & Sociology & Anthropology
Sociology/Social Psychology Spanish Statistics
Structural Engineering Supply Chain Management Theatre
Urban Studies Women’s Studies
Arts and Engineering
5-year B.A. or B.S. /M.Ed. combined degree program
Civil Engineering/Environmental Science
Electrical Engineering/Engineering Physics
Bachelor in Materials Science and Engineering/Masters in Education
Open to all students; includes Integrated Product Development (IPD), Bioengineering, Computer
Science and Business, and Lehigh Earth Observatory (LEO).
IDEAS – Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts & Sciences
A 4-year* honors program, resulting in a BS Degree in IDEAS, jointly administered by the
College of Arts & Sciences and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. This
program cultivates a new breed of cross-disciplinary innovators, in order to provide an education
that produces students well versed in dual focus areas – one in engineering, and one in the liberal
arts – humanities, social sciences, mathematics, or natural sciences. It’s Renaissance thinking for
the technological era. *Students can stay a 5th year to get their full Engineering degree.
IBE – Integrated Business and Engineering
A 4-year* honors program, resulting in a BS Degree in IBE, jointly administered by the College of
Business & Economics and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. This
program is designed to prepare leaders of the corporate world for the 21st century by providing
them with a sound foundation in both management and technology. *Students can stay a 5th year
to get their full Engineering degree.
Accelerated 7-year baccalaureate-M.D. program with Drexel University College of Medicine
Accelerated 7-year baccalaureate-D.M.D. dental program with University of Pennsylvania
Accelerated 7-year baccalaureate-O.D. optometry program with the State University of New
York, College of Optometry
More than 300 Lehigh students from a variety of majors study abroad each year, choosing from
more than 50 programs in 30 countries. Lehigh’s campus is just as diverse, becoming home to
nearly 500 international students from nearly 50 countries each year.
To enhance Lehigh’s international experience, the Global Union promotes global awareness and
cultural understanding within the Lehigh community and the Lehigh Valley. This coalition of
more than 25 student clubs and organizations offers more than 50 internationally related cultural,
social, and academic programs each year, including the nation’s largest International Week
celebration. In addition, the Global Union brings international decision-makers to campus, offers
language exchange programs, and visits the United Nations and NATO headquarters. The Global
Union has a beautiful lounge that offers a satellite television, with direct connections to programs
from many countries around the world. The Global Union’s more than 600 members represent
over 30 countries, including the United States.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
Undergraduate Financial Aid
Students receiving Lehigh aid: more than 50 percent
Academic Merit Awards
Academic Merit Award I: $37,250 (full tuition) renewable scholarship award for superior academic
and leadership achievement. The scholarship is given to approximately 7 students, and is
renewable annually. Not based on financial need.
Academic Merit Award II: $18,625 (1/2 tuition) renewable scholarship award given to students at
the top of the incoming class. 14 awards are distributed, and it is renewable annually. Not based
on financial need.
Dean’s Scholarships: About 10 percent of first-year students receive renewable $10,000 awards for
outstanding academic and leadership achievement. Not based on financial need.
Lehigh Scholars: up to $4500 per year, renewable over 4 years.
Dexter and Dorothy Baker Scholarships for the Performing Arts: These renewable scholarships provide
annual awards of $3,000 to students who demonstrate an outstanding talent in instrumental music
or theatre. Not based on financial need.
Choral Arts Endowed Scholarship: $2500 per year, renewable over 4 years.
Marching Band Endowed Scholarship: $1000 1st year and an increasing amount each succeeding year.
ROTC Leadership Award: $5000 per year, renewable over 4 years.
Presidential Scholarships: 12-month tuition scholarships awarded to students who have a 3.75 GPA
or better, after 90 credits. This scholarship can be used for second bachelor’s degree or toward a
Rodale Scholarship in Journalism: Qualified students will receive a $2,500 scholarship (which may be
renewed for three additional years); opportunities to intern at Rodale Inc. or other prominent
media institutions; and one-on-one instruction with Lehigh faculty.
Air Products Scholars Program: First-year students of color in chemical, mechanical and materials
science engineering are eligible for this program, which offers $10,000 scholarships and mentoring
by Air Products and Chemicals employees.
Career Services helps all students with career planning, teaches effective job search strategies, and
facilitates networking between students, alumni, and employers. Individual counseling and
assessment assists students to identify interests, abilities, skills, and work values. Career library
holds information on career fields and graduate and professional schools, employer directories,
market trends and salary information, and employer files.
Other Services and Resources
Health and law pre-professional advising is available.
Alumni serve as career advisers through LUCAN (Lehigh Career Advising Network).
Full-time, part-time, and summer jobs are posted on Career Services’ Web site,
www.career.lehigh.edu. Students must register to use this service, which allows them to
search jobs by major, employer, and location.
On-campus interviews for full-time jobs, internships, and co-ops are scheduled with
approximately 700 organizations each year.
The Center for Academic Success provides tutoring in most first-year and second-year
courses, as well as assistance with study skills.
The Center for Writing and Math offers assistance with any phase of the writing process
and tutoring in math.
The Office of International Education supports international students and scholars in
cultural, academic, and immigration matters.
The Dean of Students Office provides peer tutoring in most first year- and sophomore-
level courses, an absence-reporting system, academic monitoring programs, academic
petitions for special exceptions, academic support services for students with disabilities, and
consultation on academic concerns.
Health and Well-Being
The Health and Wellness Center treats most illnesses and injuries and provides health
education outreach to students.
Counseling and Psychological Services provides group and individual assistance to students
with psychological, interpersonal, and individual problems.
The Fitness Center has exercise equipment, aerobics classes, and pool.
Computing and Networking Services
600 public site computers in 23 campus locations
Wired residences with widespread wireless available throughout campus and in common
Campus portal with online course registration and more
Training seminars, Web sites, Help Desk for students
Central disk space for students with daily backup
Library and Media Services
More than 1.2 million volumes
12,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions
90 scholarly databases (ex: Lexis/Nexis, Chem Abstracts)
220,000 U.S. and PA printed government documents
MyLibrary customized portal for each discipline
Special Collections: rare books, archives, digital sites
Digital Media Lab, International Multimedia, CDs/DVDs
1,600 acres on 3 contiguous campuses
Main academic campus on the wooded northern slope of South Mountain
More than 147 buildings with 3.6 million-plus square feet of classroom, laboratory, office
and living space
180 acres of playing fields
Half of campus preserved as open space
Residence Halls and Residential Colleges
Student housing is guaranteed at Lehigh through the sophomore year. Most residence halls are
doubles, with a limited number of singles and triples. Apartment-style and suite-style living also is
available. Special living opportunities include South Mountain College (a residential academic
program in the College of Arts & Sciences), the ROTC Service House, the Global Village House,
substance-free housing; and the UMOJA House (established to encourage a sense of unity and
pride among students of diverse backgrounds at Lehigh). All residence hall rooms are equipped
with a digital telephone system, voice mail, high-speed networking with continuous upgrades to
capacity, and a high-speed connection to the World Wide Web.
The Greek System
Lehigh offers a unique learning environment centered on scholarship, leadership, and service.
There are 18 fraternities and 8 sororities, of which 35 percent of the men and 38 percent of the
women affiliate, respectively.
25 Division I intercollegiate Sports for Men and Women
Men’s sports: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming
& diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), wrestling
Women’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, crew, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,
softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), volleyball
16,000-seat Goodman Stadium; 5,600-capacity Stabler Arena; newly renovated Grace Hall;
fully-equipped Welch Fitness Center in Taylor Gym; Deming Lewis Tennis Center; Rauch
Field House; Ulrich Field, a lighted dual field complex with natural grass and artificial turf
A founding member of the Patriot League, which includes American, Army, Bucknell,
Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, and Navy as all-sports members.
40+ intramural and club sports.
15% of undergraduates participate in varsity athletics, 80% of undergraduates take part in
intramural or club sports.
Lehigh’s Admissions Staff
Below you will find a list of the Admissions Staff and their respective travel regions. Please feel free
to contact your regional representative and get to know them!
J. Leon Washington
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
J. Bruce Gardiner
Director of Admissions
Senior Associate Director
Delaware; Illinois; Northeastern Pennsylvania;
Select independent schools in New Jersey;
Manhattan (New York City); Washington, D.C.
Director of Diversity Recruitment
New Jersey Counties: Hunterdon, Mercer,
Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren; Staten Island,
NY; Puerto Rico; US Virgin Islands
Senior Assistant Director
Alaska; California; Idaho; Oregon; Washington
Arizona; Kansas; Missouri; Nebraska; New Mexico;
Upstate New York
Senior Associate Director
Lehigh Valley, PA; Montana; Nevada; Utah;
Senior Associate Director
Pennsylvania Counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware,
Director of Alumni Admissions Outreach and
Alabama; Arkansas; Georgia; Hawaii; Mississippi;
Associate to the Director
Select independent schools in New England:
Connecticut; Massachusetts; New Hampshire;
Fairfield County, Connecticut; New Jersey Counties:
Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May,
Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex,
Monmouth, Ocean, Salem; Westchester County,
Long Island, and Queens, NY
Iowa; Minnesota; New Jersey Counties: Bergen,
Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic; Rockland County,
NY; North Dakota; South Dakota; Wisconsin
Assistant Director/Senior Policy Analyst
Indiana; Michigan; Ohio; Central Pennsylvania;
Western Pennsylvania; Virginia; West Virginia
Director of International Recruitment
David Thompson, Jr.
Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment
Kentucky; Maryland; North Carolina; South
Carolina; Tennessee; Brooklyn and Bronx, NY;
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Jersey cities:
Camden, Jersey City, Newark, and Trenton
Natalie van den Heuvel
Florida; Oklahoma; Texas
Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County); Maine;
Massachusetts; New Hampshire; Rhode Island;